Dakota County Technical College

Dakota County Technical College

Dakota County Technical College offers programs, services and resources that streamline, support and enhance your academic journey. As a DCTC student, you will enjoy small class sizes, opportunities for one-on-one work with your instructors and a welcoming campus that lets you get to know your fellow students. You will experience hands-on labs, real-world learning and co-curricular activities that prepare you to prosper in your chosen career.

Dakota County Technical College
1300 145th Street East
Rosemount, MN 55068-2999

Toll-Free: (877) 937-3282
Local: (651) 423-8301

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City: Rosemount
Population: 22,384

School highlights

Dakota County Technical College is located at the convergence of two worlds. The main campus in Rosemount, Minn., borders the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area to the north and the rural heartland of Dakota County to the south. Offering more than 50 programs and majors under six academic departments--from Software Development to Social Media Marketing to Architectural Technology to Sport Management to Nanoscience Technology to Heavy Duty Truck Technology, DCTC is made to order for students who want to build strong skills quickly and get to work.

  • Watch short clips of campus life, programs and student services at DCTC Videos to get a better sense of our campus community 
  • Socialize with current students, faculty, staff and alumni at DCTC on Facebook and DCTC on Twitter
  • Experience our student-friendly campus in Rosemount, Minn., by taking a Tuesday Campus Visit any Tuesday from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Visit Online Learning to explore numerous classes offered online or in hybrid format, the latter a mix of online and classroom learning
  • Discover Credit for Prior Learning, Short-term Programs, the Individualized Studies A.S. degree and our other flexible learning options
  • Enjoy small class sizes, instructors that care and a campus environment that welcomes students from any age or background
  • Experience hands-on labs, co-curricular actitivies and real-world learning that prepare you to thrive in your chosen career
  • Increase your skills with modern equipment and relevant coursework developed through strong relationships with business and industry
  • Check out a full spectrum of not-for-credit learning opportunities provided by DCTC Continuing Education & Customized Training
  • Engage your community through service-learning projects built into instructional program curricula
  • Make friends and memories through DCTC Student Life and Blue Knights athletics
  • Learn more about DCTC and our campus community by reading Real Magazine, an online college publication

Student enrollment and demographics

  • Total number of students served: 5,486
  • Full-time students: 47.8%
  • Part-time students: 52.2%
  • Percent female: 37.4%
  • Percent male: 60.4%
  • Percent students of color: 16.8%

Largest programs

Business and Management; Design and Technology; Health and Human Services; Industry Careers; Transportation

Unique programs

Brewing & Beer Steward Technology; Broadband Systems Tech Industrial & Energy Plant Maint.; Interior Design; Entrepreneurship/Small Business; Health Care Tech; Nanoscience Tech; Railroad Conductor Tech; Civil Engineering Tech; Energy Tech Specialist w/ Nuclear Emphasis; Heavy Construction Equipment Tech; GM Automotive Service Educational Program; Landscape Horticulture; Multicultural Management; Spa & Resort Management; Social Media Specialist; Biomedical Equipment Tech; Heavy Duty Truck Tech


DCTC offers an annual permit for on-campus parking at the college's main campus in Rosemount, Minn. The permit is good July through June of each academic year. Visitors and prospective students may use a free visitor's lot just north of the college building's main entrance.

  • Off-street


Admissions requirements



Admissions Checklist
To view DCTC's complete admissions checklist, click here.

Tuesday Campus Visit
Prospective students and visitors are welcome to visit the DCTC main campus in Rosemount, Minn., any Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. during our weekly campus visit. Admissions staff and faculty are available to answer questions, provide tours and assist you with the admissions process.

For more information, click here.

General Admissions Information
Dakota County Technical College has an open admissions policy. This means:

  • You can enroll if you have a high school diploma or a GED; even without a high school diploma or GED, you may be admitted if you demonstrate potential for success in college.
  • You don’t have to take a standardized test to be admitted; your high school grades and class rank are not considered.
  • After you are admitted, you will take a placement test. That test will tell you if you need to take remedial or developmental courses before you can take college-level courses. Remedial and developmental courses will not count toward your degree. Students often need just one developmental course, typically in math or English. If you have taken these subjects every year in high school, you are more likely to do well on the placement test.

You can complete your studies in less time and for less total cost if you come well prepared for college-level work, especially by taking math, English, science and social studies classes every year in high school. Also, some programs of study require more math and science, which means your high school preparation can make a big difference.

Apply early during your senior year in high school. That preparation increases your chances of being admitted to the specific program you want when you enter college. Some programs are more popular than others and fill early.

Apply online

Using the e-application, you may apply to Dakota County Technical College and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


Dakota County Technical College

Real Education. Real Results.

Dakota County Technical College champions real-world applications in the collegiate learning environment. Through a strong focus on the workforce requirements of business and industry, DCTC delivers programs, training and curricula that give our graduates the core content knowledge and workplace competencies they need to succeed in their chosen field. Our labs and equipment are state-of-the-art. Our instructors are not only gifted teachers, but they also bring years of industry experience and know-how to their classrooms and labs. They impart the inside knowledge our students need to find their place and prosper in a highly competitive global job market. Our small class sizes and student-friendly campus allow our instructors to build one-on-one, mentoring relationships with our students.

DCTC provides the training and co-curricular experiences that matter in the real world. As a DCTC graduate, you will be equipped with the technical foundation and deeper learning capability you need to either enter the workaday world or advance your career. DCTC never stops working to make sure your college education gives you a smart return on your investment of time and money. That means the certificate, diploma or degree you earn is a big step toward leading a more satisfying, healthier and prosperous life.

Program TitleAward
Accounting ClerkDIP
Administrative AssistantDIP
Advanced Personal TrainingCERT
Applied Visual ArtsDIP
Applied Visual ArtsAAS
Architectural TechnologyDIP
Architectural TechnologyAAS
Auto Body Collision TechnologyDIP
Auto Body Collision TechnologyAAS
Automotive Maintenance and Light RepairCERT
Automotive Service (ASEP)AAS
Automotive TechnicianAAS
Automotive TechnicianDIP
Biomedical Equipment TechnologyAAS
Biomedical Equipment TechnologyCERT
Body TechnicianCERT
Brakes, Suspensions and DrivelineCERT
Business AdministrationAS
Business EntrepreneurCERT
Business ManagementAAS
Business Marketing SpecialistAAS
Child Life AssistantAAS
Civil Engineering TechnologyAAS
Commercial Furniture Repair TechnicianCERT
Community CoachingCERT
Dental AssistantDIP
Dental AssistantAAS
Digital AnimationCERT
Digital Imaging TechnicianCERT
Digital Marketing SpecialistAAS
Digital PublishingAAS
Digital PublishingDIP
Early Childhood and Youth DevelopmentAS
Early Childhood and Youth DevelopmentAAS
Early Childhood and Youth DevelopmentCERT
Early Childhood and Youth DevelopmentDIP
Electrical Construction and Maintenance TechnologyDIP
Electrical Construction and Maintenance TechnologyAAS
Electrical LineworkerDIP
Electrical LineworkerAAS
Electrical, Electronics and HVACCERT
Electronic Health Information ManagementDIP
Electronic Health Information ManagementAAS
Energy Technical SpecialistAAS
Energy Technical Specialist - NuclearAAS
Engines and TransmissionsCERT
Executive AssistantAAS
Exercise and Sport ScienceAS
Exercise and Sport ScienceAAS
Furniture Service TechnicianCERT
General Real EstateCERT
Geriatric Advanced Nursing AssistantCERT
Geriatric Health and FitnessCERT
Graphic Design TechnologyAAS
Graphic Design TechnologyDIP
Group FitnessCERT
Heavy Construction Equipment MaintenanceCERT
Heavy Construction Equipment MechanicDIP
Heavy Construction Equipment TechnologyAAS
Heavy Duty Truck TechnologyDIP
Heavy Duty Truck TechnologyAAS
Hospitality Lodging BusinessCERT
Hospitality Lodging ManagementAAS
Hospitality Lodging OperationsCERT
Human Resource DevelopmentCERT
Individualized StudiesAS
Industrial and Energy Plant MaintenanceDIP
Information Systems ManagementDIP
Information Systems ManagementAAS
Interactive Media DesignCERT
Interior DesignDIP
Interior DesignAAS
Landscape HorticultureDIP
Landscape HorticultureAAS
Legal Administrative AssistantDIP
Legal Administrative AssistantAAS
Legal ReceptionistCERT
Manufacturing Maintenance TechnicianDIP
Marketing Communications SpecialistCERT
Marketing Design SpecialistAAS
Marketing Design SpecialistDIP
Medical Administrative AssistantDIP
Medical Administrative SpecialistAAS
Medical AssistantDIP
Medical AssistantAAS
Medical ReceptionistCERT
Medical TranscriptionistDIP
Meeting and Event ManagementCERT
Meeting and Event ManagementAAS
Mobile ProgrammingCERT
Multi-Cultural Human Resource ManagementDIP
Multi-Cultural LeadershipDIP
Multi-Cultural SupervisionCERT
Multi-Media and Web Page DesignAAS
Nanoscience TechnologyAAS
National CDA Training ProgramCERT
Networking AdministrationDIP
Networking AdministrationAAS
Nuclear EnergyCERT
Nursing AssistantCERT
Paint PreparationCERT
Patient Care TechnicianAAS
PC TechnicianCERT
Personal TrainingCERT
Photographer AssistantCERT
Photographic Imaging TechnologyAAS
Photographic Imaging TechnologyDIP
Practical NursingAAS
Practical NursingDIP
Professional GardenerCERT
Project Management Technology AssistantAAS
Project Management Technology AssistantDIP
Property ManagementCERT
Quality ImprovementCERT
Railroad Conductor TechnologyCERT
Real Estate Property ManagementDIP
Real Estate Property ManagementAAS
Residential Interior DesignAAS
Sales Management SpecialistAAS
Sales SpecialistCERT
Small Business AccountingCERT
Small Business OperationsCERT
Social Media SpecialistCERT
Software DevelopmentDIP
Software DevelopmentAAS
Spa and Resort ManagementAAS
Spa and Resort OperationsCERT
Sport ManagementDIP
Supervisory LeadershipCERT
Sustainable Food SystemsCERT
Technical ManagementAAS
Truck Fleet MaintenanceCERT
Web DesignCERT
Web DeveloperDIP
Web ProgrammingCERT
Welding TechnologyDIP
Wood Finishing TechnologyDIP
Program TitleAward
Business AdministrationAS
Business ManagementAAS
Digital Marketing SpecialistAAS
Energy Technical SpecialistAAS
Energy Technical Specialist - NuclearAAS
Human Resource DevelopmentCERT
Marketing Communications SpecialistCERT
Marketing Design SpecialistAAS
Meeting and Event ManagementCERT
National CDA Training ProgramCERT
Nuclear EnergyCERT
Quality ImprovementCERT
Sales SpecialistCERT
Social Media SpecialistCERT
Supervisory LeadershipCERT
The following degrees are available from this school:
  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Associate in Science
  • Certificate
  • Diploma
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Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,693

FAFSA Code: 010402

How to apply for financial aid

Your key to receiving financial aid to help pay your college costs is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form. Many students don’t realize they could qualify for grant money and federally guaranteed loans, so be sure to find out by filling out the form.

Complete the FAFSA after Jan. 1 of your senior year. Find the form online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or pick up the form at your school counselor’s office. For help with completing the form, go to your high school counselor or the financial aid office at the college or university you plan to attend.

The FAFSA determines your eligibility for one or more of the following types of financial aid:

Scholarships are a great source of aid, and you do not need to pay them back. Many scholarships are available for students with special interests and backgrounds. Talk to your guidance counselor about what kind of scholarships you can get.

You may be eligible to receive federal and state grants of $300 to more than $7,000 per year. You do not need to pay these back.

Work study
Work study programs give you the opportunity to work on campus or with approved off-campus employers to earn money to pay for college. Work study jobs are often very flexible, allowing you to work around your classes and personal schedules.

Student loans
You also may be eligible for student loans, which must be paid back. Student loans usually have a lower interest rate than other kinds of loans.

Other ways to save

Reduced out-of-state tuition
Students from other states don’t always have to pay higher tuition if they want to attend the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Manitoba, Canada, you’re eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents. And 26 of the state colleges and universities allow students from other states to pay the lower in-state rates, so ask a college or university about its tuition charges.

Tax credits
Some college students also benefit from two federal tax credit programs, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning tax credit. These may apply to you or your family, depending on your financial circumstances.

Veterans are welcomed at the state colleges and universities. If you’ve served in the armed forces, you might be eligible for help with paying for college. Stop by one of the on-campus veterans centers for information, support and assistance. Also, check with the campus financial aid office about benefits from the new Minnesota GI Bill. Or go to www.mymilitaryeducation.org.

Campus life

Student Life


Student Life at DCTC enhances your higher education experience and helps prepare you for life beyond college. You can build your resume, expand your professional network and make a difference on campus and in your community. Funded through the Student Senate and activity fees, Student Life features more than 20 student clubs and organizations as well as six NJCAA sports teams: men's basketball, men and women's soccer, fastpitch softball, volleyball and baseball

All students enrolled at DCTC are eligible to participate in DCTC sponsored clubs, organizations and activities with the exceptions of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, or PTK, and Blue Knights athletics.

To learn more about Student Life at DCTC, visit the Student Life blog.

  • Academic Advising
  • Campus Security
  • Career Services
  • Counseling
  • DCTC Bookstore
  • DCTC Foundation
  • DCTC Library
  • Disability Services
  • Fresh Stop Cafe
  • Health Services
  • Instructional Technology Center
  • International Students
  • Learning Center and Writing Center
  • Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Star Alert
  • Student Employment
  • Student Success Office
  • Transfer Students
  • TRiO Student Support Services
  • Veterans Resource Center
  • Wellness Center
  • Visual Communications Club
Arts and literature
  • Writers Club
Career and professional
  • American Marketing Assoc
  • Business Professionals of America
  • Early Chlidhood & Youth Dev Club
  • Hospitality Alumni Network
  • Meeting Professionals Intl
  • Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Assoc
  • Photons (Photography Club)
  • Skills USA
Community and human services
  • Lions Club
  • Student Ambassador
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Multicultural Student Leadership Assoc
Gender and sexuality
  • Gay Straight Alliance
Honorary societies
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Military and veterans
  • Veterans Club
Nature and environment
  • Coral Reef Ecology Club
Religious and spiritual
  • Christians on Campus
Science and technology
  • Innovative Engineers Club
  • US Green Building Council
Special interest
  • Automobile Club
  • Chess Club
  • Design Connection
Student government
  • Student Senate
Theater, dance, music
  • Music Club
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Fast Pitch Softball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball